Cargolux has become the first airline to use sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at Luxembourg Airport, thanks to a new partnership with fuel supplier Neste.

Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel was supplied to the airport’s fuel storage using NATO’s Central European Pipeline System (CEPS) in cooperation with World Fuel Services and supported by Luxembourg Airport.

According to Neste, the cooperation between the four companies highlights the importance of strong partnerships as the aviation industry works to hit its net-zero carbon emissions target by 2050. Sustainable aviation fuel is a key lever to meeting this target, and using existing fuel infrastructure will accelerate the availability of SAF at airports across the globe, the Finnish firm said.

“As an airport, we are a facilitator and promoter of sustainability. Moreover, engaging our partners in an environmentally-friendly approach matches our goal of being net zero by 2030 for the airport infrastructure. The first flight with sustainable aviation fuel by Cargolux is a strong pledge to lower carbon emissions going forward and showcases the company’s role as a major player in the industry,” said Alexander Flassak, CEO of Luxembourg Airport. 

Cargolux used Neste’s SAF to operate a celebratory cargo flight from Luxembourg to Zhengzhou, the airline’s biggest hub in mainland China. 

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